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Applications for #BuyLocal phase 2 now open
Uniquely Durban businesses are encouraged to apply for the second phase of the #BuyLocal campaign. Online applications are open from 23 September to 23 October.

Following the success of the first phase of the campaign, which was launched in September last year, phase two is expected to draw a wider variety of local businesses. The emphasis of phase one was to profile uniquely Durban businesses as part of the City’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan aims to rebuild and revitalise economic activity among the City’s most vulnerable and to help rebuild small to medium businesses impacted by the pandemic. 

Phase two of the #BuyLocal campaign is expected to scale up the number of businesses inducted. It will assist businesses to stand out and attract customers. It will also assist in strengthening the local economy, job creation, and help sustain skills within eThekwini. 

Phase two rollout:
  • Call for registration opens from 23 September to 23 October 2021 (www.durban.gov.za)
  • Shortlisting, verification, and approval of businesses – November 2021
  • Phase 2 programme launch – December 2021
  • #BuyLocal campaign programme implementation – December 2021 to June 2022

The 14 uniquely Durban businesses that met the qualifying criteria in phase one were announced on 25 June. At the event, the selected businesses had the opportunity to profile their companies and exhibit their products.  The business owners were also workshopped on supplier chain processes and small, medium, and micro enterprise opportunities. One business was selected to receive a training course in enterprise development offered through a City partnership with Regent Business School.

The first phase of the campaign indicated that many small businesses need to revisit their business models to sharpen their skills and technology acumen.

The City, through the Economic Development Unit, is spearheading the project and will seek to address these challenges in phase two.

For more information contact Zama Hadebe on 031 312 9724 or zama.hadebe@durban.gov.za ​
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